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Dhindsa for Derbyshire – Building on what we've begun

With just over three months to go before Derbyshire votes for the County’s next Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour’s candidate, Hardyal Dhindsa has set out an ambitious ‘to do’ list if elected.

The current Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner insisted that he would build upon the ‘brilliant foundation’ established by the first Commissioner, Alan Charles and take the role ‘to the next level.’

‘It’s been a privilege to work at Alan’s side for the past three years as we’ve carved out priorities for this important role,’ he said.

‘Alan’s achievements have been outstanding and his successor has big boots to fill, but there is no room for resting on our laurels. If elected in May as Derbyshire’s second Labour Police and Crime Commissioner, I want to preserve Alan’s legacy but also to strengthen it. We’ve made a great start but I am ambitious for law and order in Derbyshire and from day one, I’ll be getting to work on what needs to be done to keep everyone who lives here safe and secure.’

Hardyal Dhindsa promised to:
• Continue the policy of zero tolerance towards privatisation of policing
• Fight for a fairer deal for Derbyshire Police through the Funding Formula Review
• Put protecting victims and vulnerable people at the heart of all policies
• Target the growing threat of Hidden Crimes – especially those affecting child sexual exploitation, Domestic  and Sexual Abuse and Violence, Hate Crime and scams of vulnerable elderly people
• Ensure that Police and partners respond to issues that affect people’s quality of life in all communities such as Anti-Social Behaviour, Parking, Litter, Fly-Tipping, Wildlife and Heritage Crime
• Prioritise Community Engagement in neighbourhoods across Derbyshire
• Be the voice of the public to make Derbyshire a safe place to live and work
• Fight for maximum funding for our Global to Local strategy on Counter Terrorism and Armed Response capability
• Provide neighbourhood policing to areas of greatest crime
• Increase visible policing when our dwindling  resources allow
• Work in partnership with the Chief Constable to maintain the sound financial management and efficient use of scarce resources to keep Derbyshire as one of the safest Counties, using resources in an efficient and effective way, clearly  representing best value for local tax payers
• Continue to show strong leadership in promoting stronger partnership and collaborative working by all crime fighting, community safety, criminal justice and health agencies
• Consolidate and build on the achievements and legacy of the first Labour Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire

Commenting on the Labour candidate’s plans, Derbyshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles added:

‘I fully support these priorities because they are both credible and ambitious. Working together, Hardyal and I have established the relatively  new role of Police and Crime Commissioner  as an essential component in ensuring the  safety and wellbeing of everyone who lives and works in Derbyshire and supporting the Chief Constable and his force in the vital work that they do in protecting us all. Now it’s time to take the role to the next level and, building upon what we’ve begun, Hardyal is the person very best placed to do so.’

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